Well The Great Escape is officially released now, and taking up almost half the album is this huge title track. I love a lot of long songs so I hoped I would be able to get into this one to fully appreciate it. And after only a couple of listens, I definitely did - this is easily the best Seventh Wonder song and probably the best song I've heard this year. On first listen it sounded like solid music with a lot of catchy Seventh Wonder melodies, which are great because they make you want to come back and listen to the song (After listening to it maybe once or twice, I couldn't get the "Eight thousand hearts" section out of my head, so I just had to keep listening to this song). But, for me anyway, it takes a little longer to get completely into a song, especially an epic with so much to digest. What really helps is knowing something of the story. The Aniara story - a spaceship leaving earth which has been ravaged by war, heading for Mars, but ended up off course after an incident with an asteroid, drifting off into space with eight thousand people on board. Before I looked that up, I could only tell it had something about people travelling in space. But once I heard it in context with the story it really clicked - this song is amazing. I thought I was pretty clever for realising the first section was from the point of view of the Earth - little did I know it was actually called "And The Earth Wept". Reading the lyric booklet really helps appreciate this song even more - some of the lyrics are really amazing and it helps you understand exactly what's going on in the story. For example, I was never sure when in the song the incident happened, since it the people still seemed pretty happy after the point where it occurs (of course it makes sense now, because the people are living in simulations etc. provided by the ship's computer). Anyway, I love the entire album but this song really stands above the others, and I just wanted to let it be known and make a thread for anyone else that wants to share their thoughts about this song. Parts I really like (I'll try to keep this short since they are all good): -The intro, so clever to do the Earth's point of view and the singing is really good. -The riff that comes in during A Poisoned Land, which is like the real beginning of the song. It's such an epic riff, in the truest sense of the word -The opening lyrics of the main body of the song (and of course their vocal delivery) "The morrow winds blow and herald a time, when man will be damned for all his crime". -The melody of Take-Off -The piano and the guitar solo at the beginning of A New Balance -The accoustic guitar at the beginning of The Age Of Confusion: Despair -The Aftermath - the entire thing, it's very different and Seventh Wonder at their darkest - especially the vocals at the end. -The outro - fits very well and you can almost hear the beginning. Thanks for this true epic.